Fed Up With Public Urination and Fornication, Piazza Boots Radio 104.5

The party reportedly got out of hand.

We’re all for a good, Roman-style bacchanalia, but apparently Radio 104.5′s weekend shindig at the Piazza went way, way, way too far for some neighborhood residents. (Sample quote: “My entire house was peed on.”) There will not be a repeat: The Daily News reports that the Piazza has terminated its contract with the radio station.

That means the station will no longer be allowed to host events in that space, a turn of events that Ruben welcomed after scores of intoxicated music fans turned the trendy neighborhood’s narrow side streets into public toilets Saturday during a Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party.

“When you see someone in the middle of the day squatting and peeing on your neighbor’s house, you don’t forget it,” said Matt Ruben, the president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, who lives about two blocks from the Piazza and witnessed said squatting firsthand.

Apparently, Philadelphia has its limits.

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  • Joshua Termeer

    It’s a great last line that apparently Philly has limits. I’m sure it was edited from, “Even Philly has limits.”

  • Meh

    TLDR: The people who bought houses in NoLibs have now aged into their 30′s.

  • NoLib’s Homeowner

    I live in NoLib’s near the Piazza. (and I’m over 40). Most of the events are fine but this event draws a large crowd of young kids from the suburbs who don’t know how to behave when they come into the “big city”. They have no regard for people’s property and they act like total idiots. Thank goodness I raised my kids in the city. Not only do they have good judgement about their own safety, but they are aware of the fact that people actually live, love and take pride in these neighborhoods.

  • Oliver

    I live near lots of real Italian piazze and, trust me, Philadelphia’s is very authentic if its a “mista” of giant urinal/tent city/passion pit.

  • pennylaaane

    And to think: All they needed to do was provide an adequate number of port-o-potties, and all this would’ve been avoided.

    I was there. There was nowhere to pee. I love Radio 104.5, but they need to make accommodations for the increasingly popular Block Parties. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make the shows 21+, or even 18+ to enter and 21+ to drink.

  • Richard Terroni

    I have been to the Piazza for Radio 104.5 shows 18 Times before (15 Block Parties and 3 Winter Jams) and I have never seen anything but civilized people there (sometimes a little overcrowded I’ll admit but always civilized).

    • Captainkremit

      Really? I’ve gone far less than you and I’ve seen several fights, people practically having sex in the crowd, and people laughing at a girl who was so drunk that she passed out. “Civilized”

  • badon518

    “My entire house was peed on”? Take Uncle Joe’s advice. Get a shotgun,

  • Donald Sterling

    If Joel Mathis had any true journalism skills, he would have covered the event IN PERSON like a true reporter – not this type of fraud cut-and-paste plagiarism. This guy sits in front of his PC all day and “bangs out” stories that are already written for him.

  • Porta-John

    I was at the event (30s professional). I don’t think the age or “suburban” nature of the large crowd was the issue. Lack of preparation and facilities likely accounted for the public urination.